Play is Hope, Thessaloniki 2016

  Play is Hope got its name in March 2016. Living for years in London, I came back home to Thessaloniki to work and play in refugee camps. It was difficult to see the dehumanizing conditions a lot of people were living. I felt ashamed, being Greek, European and human. I come from a family of refugees. My great grandparents were dislocated from Turkey in … Continue reading Play is Hope, Thessaloniki 2016

Being fired and starting to organize, London 2011

In April 2011 I was working as a therapist with children in a primary school in North London. A graduate psychologist, counselor and dramatherapist, I had specialized in working with children and young people. One day after finishing work the SENCO called me at her office. She looked at me seriously through her thick glasses and said that I needed to stop doing what I … Continue reading Being fired and starting to organize, London 2011

Performing the World, New York 2016

Performing the World is an international gathering to explore and celebrate performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture change, and thereby, to create a new and more humane world (www.performingtheworld.org). It is organized by the East Side Institute and the All Stars Project. I feel ambivalent about conferences and the environments we are creating during them. I have experienced conferences as … Continue reading Performing the World, New York 2016

Creating power with language, Lesvos 2016

Sham and I met at the Mosaic Centre in Lesvos, a community center where refugees and locals come together to participate in teaching courses and art classes. A pocket of building together on an island carrying the weight of the front line, the arrival point of refugees as they step soil from the boat. Sham was sitting outside in the yard. We were introduced by … Continue reading Creating power with language, Lesvos 2016

Learning solidarity with Solidarity Educators, Thessaloniki 2016

Back to Thessaloniki, my home city in Greece, I started connecting with local organizers who were working with refugees. One of the first people I met was my former teacher Tasos who was leading a nursery and at the same time organizing a group of volunteers- Solidarity Educators. Solidarity Educators is a group of people mainly working with young children in the field of educations. … Continue reading Learning solidarity with Solidarity Educators, Thessaloniki 2016